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"This book will be an excellent first choice for students or researchers ‘starting the journey into the realm of statistics’ but it will be also a great second choice for the many who have found this journey too intimidating the first time they tried it." - Giorgio Bedogni, Liver Research Centre, Italy, in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society
"This book delivers on the promise of its title; it is the most clear and engaging communication of the basic principles of statistics that I have seen to date. It is a positive outlier that will greatly benefit teachers and students alike." - Andrew J. Elliot, University of Rochester, USA
"Statistics in Plain English is a gift to students, teachers, and researchers. Urdan clearly explains statistical topics using straightforward, conversational language. The book is particularly unique because it covers everything from basic statistical principles to complex multivariate techniques, all in an extremely user-friendly manner." - Eric M. Anderman, The Ohio State University, USA
"This approachable book provides an excellent introduction to statistical principles and terminology. Urdan clearly understands the bewildering experience of novices in the domain, and he smoothes the path with his clear prose and relevant examples." - Avi Kaplan, Temple University, USA
"This is by far... the best statistical "primer" on the market today and I recommend it widely to students as well as colleagues...It is affordable and compact....[it] is appropriate for students at either the undergraduate or graduate level and it is generic enough...to be useful across a variety of disciplines... His manner of explaining concepts is far superior to most textbooks on the market." – Catherine A. Roster, University of New Mexico, USA
"A well sequenced, well organized introduction to quantitative data analysis that does not rely on cookbook mathematics and equation-heavy presentations of statistical concepts, but instead focuses on conceptually oriented textual descriptions." - Jenefer Husman, Arizona State University, USA--This text refers to the Digital edition.
About the Author
Timothy C. Urdan is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1994 where he received several honors awards including the School of Education Merit Award, the Horace H. Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, and the Burke Aaron Hinsdale Scholar in 1995. Since 2001, he has served on the editorial board for Contemporary Educational Psychology and the Journal of Educational Psychology. Dr. Urdan is the co-editor of two book series, one on Adolescence and Education and the other on Motivation and Achievement and of the forthcoming Educational Psychology Handbook.--This text refers to the Digital edition.
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So why the average review? I'd really like to give this book a higher grade. The problem is there are too many errors and inconsistencies that make reading it a frustrating experience. It strikes me as a book that was written by someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and was able to devote a huge amount of time towards the project. But then, having gotten 97% of the way there, the editing and proofing process was not given the same attention to detail.
I read the Kindle version of the 3rd edition which doesn't include page numbers, so unfortunately my examples below refer to locations. (Incidentally, as with many Kindle editions, there is a very large number of additional formatting issues and typos that further distracted from the reading experience. My opinion is that responsibility for this type of problem is shared between the publisher, the author, and Amazon. Examples below are of problems that I assume exist in both the Kindle and traditional versions.)
Chapter 4, location ~1131:
"A full 50% of the distribution falls between the mean and 1 standard deviation above the mean in this group of scores (see Figure 4.4)"
-> Figure 4.4 doesn't show this
Chapter 5, location ~1233:
"If I told you that I had a z score of 1.0 on my last spelling test, what would you think of my performance? What you would know for sure is that..., (3) if the scores in the distribution were normally distributed, my score was better than about two thirds of the scores in the distribution."
-> Wouldn't it be better than about 84% of the distribution?
Chapter 5, location ~1313:
"A score of 425 on the SAT-math test marks the 18.14th percentile of the distribution of test scores... (see Figure 5.3)"
-> Figure 5.3 shows slightly different values
Chapter 6, location ~1482:
"The scores for each student are presented in Table 6.1, arranged in descending order..."
-> It's in ascending order
I could go on. Some issues are minor, some aren't, but they're always distracting.
I wrote the author to ask if he had created, or was aware of, an errata resource for the book. Within a couple of hours, he wrote back to ask which version I was reading. I immediately responded back to him with the info, but didn't hear back from him again (it's now been 14 days, as of the writing of this review).
With corrections (or at least an online errata page) and more consistency with the examples and illustrations, this book would be an easy 4 and likely a 5. Despite these current shortcomings, it's still a good, easily digestible intro to statistics that is very helpful in developing intuition with fundamental concepts.
Lots of Google and Amazon searches later, I stumbled upon this book and took a blind leap of faith (metaphor for 20 bucks) after reading 4 reviews. And boy, am I a happy camper? This book is not a text book and makes no claims to be one. It acts either as an introduction into the world of statistics for a totally fresh person or as a quick review for someone who knows the stuff but needs a quick refresh. If you know what I am talking about, you'd understand that statistical concepts can get quite confusing.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to shed the initial fear of statistics. The language is lucid with explanation in as much plain english as possible. Numerous examples at the turn of every page ranging from everyday situations for quick grasping to the necessary complicated ones. It covers a lot, if not all of the basic stuff. Advanced topics are left out, and with good reason.
Deserves a 5 star! Happy number crunching!
PS: I got the kindle version. Formatting is fine with no discernible errors.
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